Day: March 14, 2019

Why Hire An Interior Designer?

With the rising popularity of home-related style, design and do-it-yourself shows on television, many creative homeowners have a new appreciation of how interior design can make a dramatic difference in the appearance and functionality of their homes. Although many of these shows make big projects look fast and easy, savvy homeowners know there is a lot of planning, skill and effort that goes on behind the scenes.

There is a worthy value in hiring a professional interior designer when you are contemplating a home redesign or decorating project. Although many of us are capable of doing competent design work, an interior designer will take your project to the next level. They are likely to come up with ideas that you never thought of, save you from costly or silly mistakes, and better integrate the changes with the overall character and layout of your home. A good designer will see the big picture aspect of the process while still understanding all of the little details that are equally important.

A locally based interior design consultant will have working knowledge and understanding of the design styles that are appropriate for the area in which you live.

For example, someone in Florida may want to consider styles such as Key West, Mediterranean or Contemporary, although there are certainly many other options.

If you like having a relaxed, island vibe to your home, a Key West design style could be an appropriate choice. It often features colorful, tropical fabrics, rattan or wicker furniture and even pine wood interior walls. Key West houses usually have some unique and artistic details.

For a Mediterranean feel, your designer might use earth and water-inspired colors, ceramic or stone tile, sturdy wood or fabric furniture and light, breezy drapes. The Mediterranean home will be comfortable and practical.

A Contemporary design style may be more appropriate if you like a formal look with clean lines and bold statements. The Contemporary home will have fewer frilly or ornament accessories in order to create a minimalist, uncluttered feel. Works of art may serve as focal points within each room, or individual pieces of furniture may be featured.

In Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, on the other hand, families may feel at home in a South Western style decor. Every place is different, and who better to understand those differences than someone who works with them day in and day out. That being considered, you may be inspired by a decor that has nothing to do with the area in which you live. You may live in Minnesota and be in love with an African themed home or have no theme in mind, but love a certain color. Consult with your designer for great ideas on any theme.

It is important that your interior design style works well with the architecture of your house. Your interior design consultant can help integrate the interior and exterior design of your home so that it seamlessly blends together. Careful selection of materials, color, furnishings and accents …

How to Clean Attic Mold, Kill It, Or Maybe Forget Attic Mold Remediation – It Could Be Cheaper

House attic mold is one of the most “popular” items in my property inspection reports. And now is time for an explanation of how to kill mold and / or how to clean mold in the attic. But before I do that, let me give you a little advice, something to consider before you sign a few (if you’re lucky) thousand dollars contract agreement with a mold remediation company.

Attic mold remediation TIP – an alternative (to consider):

Let us assume that you are in the middle of a real-estate transaction, and the home inspector just revealed to you, that your entire house attic is contaminated with mold.

If you have a brand new roof, you can only blame yourself or try to blame the roofing contractor for not checking the attic before replacing the roof (he will laugh at you unless you’ve actually asked the guy to check the attic before the roof replacement). If you have an older roof, the importance of this advice is even greater.

Call at least 2-3 mold remediation companies for an estimate – specify to the representatives, that you not only want to have the mold removed, but also attic ventilation system corrected / installed if necessary / ask if the attic insulation requires replacement.

With the numbers from the mold remediation contractors, call 2-3 roofing contractors, and ask them for a quote on the roof replacement cost including decking boards / plywood (ask the roofer to check the attic area), attic ventilation improvement, and insulation if necessary.

Be cautious if they only suggest humidistat controlled power vent installation – without properly functioning soffit vents or any type of vents along the lower portion of the roof this might not be an adequate solution.

If the attic insulation replacement is not required (it most cases it will not be possible to tell without laboratory testing), make sure it’s sealed with plastic foil before the roof and its decking replacement. Fold the foil sealing its contents after the contaminated decking has been removed, and dispose of as a regular waste (EPA recommendation).

If you only have a small area of attic contaminated with mold, the roof replacement option would be more expensive. But with an entire attic that needs mold remediation, it might be cheaper (or even much cheaper) to remove all contaminated decking, install completely new roof and correct ventilation issues.

I have seen $3,000.00 – $10,000.00 invoices for the attic mold remediation process in approximately 1000 square feet of attic area.

Benefits of the roof / decking replacement over the mold removal:

  • roof and decking replacement might be cheaper than cleaning of an entire attic contaminated with mold
  • the real-estate transaction killing mold is gone
  • attic ventilation improvement is much easier during the roof replacement and often handled with no significant / additional cost
  • the buyer gets a brand new roof

Even if the roof replacement price is slightly higher than the mold remediation process, it is still worth to take it …

How To Buy And Fit A Kitchen Door Handle Or Knob

Your kitchen design can be affected by Door handles and as it's considered an important part of your kitchen design. They will decorate your initial style of your kitchen. It is touched much time each day. More often it should an attractive, stylish and durable to maintain your kitchen design more gorgeous.

You will face up some of questions while thinking for new kitchen door handle, which are detailed below.

1. Are you going to replace an alternately kitchen door handle or a new installation?

2. What are you actually looking for, a kitchen door handle or door knob?

3. What style of handle you want to buy?

4. What size of handle would be suitable for your kitchen door?

5. Have you got the tools which are required while fitting a handle?

Fitting new kitchen door handles is very hard as they should have two holes. Distance between the hole called "hole centers" and one modern kitchens these will be:

64 mm 96 mm 128 mm 160 mm 192 mm etc in increments of 32 mm.

For replacing the handle simply unscrew the old bolt, and then fit the new handle using your Philips screwdriver. The process for fitting a unique handle not just takes more than two minutes. Replacing the door and handles will give a completely new look to your kitchen. This approach also allows you what quality, style and size knob or handle you like.

Kitchen door knobs

Changing an existing kitchen knob is not hard. But a new one is little tricky because of making a new hole. While changing the knob simply remove the existing knob. We recommend you to use a Phillips screwdriver for unscrewing or bolting.

Fitting a door knob or handle in a new door is slightly complicated as there is a need to drill holes in your new door and drawer fronts. The most important aspect you should keep in mind while fitting door knobs or handle is consistency, so you should buy a jig to make sure all the holes are drilled in the right place on every drawer front or kitchen drawer.

You will need Handle Jig, 4.0mm drill bit, Philips screwdriver and Cordless drill during this process. …

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The Kremlin – Heart of Russia

For those of us who grow up during the "Cold War," the word "Kremlin" has a particular connotation, not even warm and fuzzy. As far as I knew then, it was synonymous with the Soviet government, that cabal of mysterious leaders who, in Khrushchev's words, would ever "bury us." Of course had I bothered, I could have discovered much more about the truth of the Kremlin, although its image probably would not have changed much in my imagination.

The word itself is more of a generic description than an actual name, somewhat the equivalent to the English word "citadel," and as such is used to describe similar sites in other Russian cities such as Yaroslavl and Smolensk. It is the one in Moscow to which it almost invariably explains however, and it is that one that interests us now.

Recently I had the good fortune to visit Moscow and of course, could not have left without dedicating a good bit of time for a visit to the Kremlin. As I passed through the outer wall of the famous citadel, I could not help but think that a few decades earlier I would have been immediately arrested and never seen again had I actually gotten this far. Times have changed, however, and the once forbidden Kremlin is now one of the city's most popular tourist destinations. It's not difficult at all to see why as soon as you pass through its mighty walls.

The first major attraction is found at the below street level entrance to the famous Kremlin Museum, and if not for the unusually long line of visitors it could easily be missed and passed right by. What really draws the attention however, is the collection of cathedrals crowning the aptly named Cathedral Hill. There are three magnificent cathedrals there and two more churches to complete the set. If I had done my homework as a kid, I would have known that these religious structures not only exist in but dominated the Kremlin. But alas, I had not done it so I was really surprised to see such an imposing spiritual component of the heart of what President Reagan had called the "evil empire."

If you can withstand the magnetic attraction of these beautiful buildings, it would be good to step over to the Kremlin Museum first and take advantage of the culture and history lessons it offers. Splendid examples of the intense wealth of past empire are housed in its several sections and include items that you will likely never see outside its walls, ranging from the fur lined crowns of Russia's first Tsars to the beautiful Faberge jeweled eggs of its last. You will leave the Museum with a much better sense of and feeling for the power and magnificence of Russia's past empires and sometimes an insight into the psychology and character of today's Russia.

After leaving the windowless galleries, stepping out into the fresh air to bare the architectural splendor of the Kremlin is a …